My First Week in Recruitment

My first week in recruitment has been highly educational to say the least. I had a brief idea of what I was getting myself into but I’ve learnt so much over this past week. Candidates, job adverts, software updates and emails are just a few things you have to stay on top of on a daily basis but regardless, I love it all.

From my first week at Permanent People, I feel I’ve learnt a substantial amount of my duties as a Recruitment Administrator and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. I’ve learnt how to write Job Adverts and the best layout for these in order to try and bring in more candidates. I really enjoy writing the Job Adverts as I feel as though it helps me get to grips with the relevant information that would be suitable to include in each job spec and at the same time, it allows me to increase my knowledge on the duties within specific roles.

I’ve spent a lot of my time on LinkedIn trying to expand my network and to connect with other recruiters in the Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol areas. As boring as it might sound, I’ve actually really liked connecting with lots of people and when I say lots… I mean over a thousand! I started working at Permanent People with 4 connections and by the end of my first week, I have connected with over 1,000 recruiters.

Another aspect of the role that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed is creating the job graphics and advertising them on LinkedIn. Having studied Art in Comprehensive and having a keen eye for detail, it was pretty obvious to me that this was a task that I’d highly enjoy. Plus, I really like the idea of having people be able to reach out to me if they see the graphics on LinkedIn and further enquire to me about the positions which I can then pass on their details to Sheli.

I really like sourcing candidates and having a read of candidate’s CVs as I feel this gives me a very good understanding of good/bad candidates and also examples of good/bad CVs. By doing this, it will help to broaden my knowledge on candidates and also guide me into potentially matching the right candidate with the right role. Alongside sourcing candidates, I attended 2 candidate meetings in my first week at Permanent People which I feel came in very useful. This experience allowed me to learn about the candidates first-hand and I really enjoyed being able to find out the ins and outs of what goes on within a candidate meeting.

Getting to grips with the CRM software was extremely important for me but I believe I picked up on this very quickly. I use this software on a daily basis and it’s key that I ensure all candidates, clients and candidate interviews are logged onto this by the end of each working week. Nonetheless, I really enjoy using the software as for me, it’s easy to learn to use and is also very easy on the eye. It’s also very important for me to make sure I email candidates with interview confirmations to ensure they are aware of their interview times, dates and the places the interviews will be carried out. An aspect of the role which is very important that I don’t mess up and email the candidates the wrong information!

Overall, I have overly enjoyed my first week in recruitment with Permanent People. My week has been somewhat similar to what I imagined but also very different to what I imagined but it’s definitely been more than I had hoped for. I feel as though I have learnt a lot this past week and have started my second week even more keen to learn than previously. It’s a new challenge for me and one that I am overly excited about!

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